VOSKHOD
MANNED SPACE PROGRAM
FIRST DAY COVERS

FIRST DAY COVERS

VOSKHOD 1 - First multi-manned space crew
With the American Gemini missions set to start, the Soviet Union raced to get a multi-manned mission into space to claim the propaganda coup over the Americans. Voskhod 1 was up for 16 orbits and was crewed by three cosmonauts. Vladimir Komarov was the flight commander, Konstantin Feoktistov an engineer and Boris Yegorov a doctor.

Pictured here are a few sets of maxicards featuring each of the crew members with their respective stamps.

First day cover featuring the gold space flight monument and the pair of Voskhod 1 stamps and was cancelled on the date of the mission 12 to the 13-October 1964.
A second first day cover commemorating this flight and cancelled for the landing 13-October-1964. It features the very hard to find Komarov stamp.
Each of the Voskhod 1 crew had their own stamp issued. Cancelled on the 19-October-1964 for the release of the stamp, this is the cover and stamp for Vladimir Komarov the flight commander.
From the matching Voskhod 1 set of covers, this example features the cover and stamp for Konstantin Feoktistov the Engineer.
Also cancelled on the 19-October, here is the cover and stamp for Boris Yegorov the Doctor.
Another set of Voskhod 1 crew cachets crew featuring their individual stamps. This cover is for Komarov.
From the matching Voskhod 1 set of covers, this example features the cover and stamp for Konstantin Feoktistov the Engineer.
Cancelled on the first anniversary, here is the cover and stamp for Yegorov.
This is another example of a cover cancelled on the 19-October for the mission's stamp issue.
VOSKHOD 2 - First space walk
Voskhod 2 was crewed by two cosmonauts, Alexei Leonov and Pavel Belyayev. During its 17 orbits Leonov was the first man to perform a space walk (EVA) lasting for 20 minutes.

Maxicards featuring Cosmonauts Alexei Leonov and Pavel Belyayev, both include the Voskhod 2 space walk stamp and are cancelled on the 23-March-1965.

Ten years later in 1975, Leonov went on to the Apollo Soyuz mission.

This cover features Cosmonaut Alexi Leonov and includes the Voskhod 2 space walk stamp and was cancelled on the 23-March-1965.
Matching the cover above, this is the Pavel Belyayev cover and also includes the Voskhod 2 space walk stamp and was cancelled on the 23-March-1965.
This Voskhod 2 cover was cancelled for the mission end on the 19th of March.

The strange thing about this cover is that apparently the stamp was released on the 23rd March, so how did the and other covers get cancelled on the 19th. If you have any information as to the stamp release date or news surrounding the cancellation them please drop me an email from my homepage.

Issued for Cosmonautics day 1965 (only weeks after the flight), this first day cover features a special Voskhod 2 miniature sheet.
This cover was issued for the one year anniversary of the Voskhod 2 mission and features the space walk stamp.
Featuring the Leonov and Belyayev stamps and cancelled 1965, this cover features a goldleaf image of one of the Voskhod 1 mission stamps.
Postcard featuring the Voskhod 2 crew Leonov and Belyayev.
Two more Propaganda postcards commemorating the worlds first spacewalk and both created by Leonov himself - an accomplished artist.
COMMEMORATIVE
Featuring all the cosmonauts to date this propaganda postcard was issued in 1965.

Standing from Left to Right: Yuri Gagarin (Vostok 1), Valery Bykovsky (Vostok 5), Boris Yegorov (Voskhod 1), Pavel Belyayev (Voskhod 2), Pavel Popovich (Vostok 4) and Vladimir Komarov (Voskhod 1)

Sitting: Konstantin Feoktistov (Voskhod 1), Valentina Tereshkova (Vostok 6), Alexei Leonov (Voskhod 2), Andriyan Nikolayev (Vostok 3) and Gherman Titov (Vostok 2)


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